Williams drivers ready to take on challenge of unknown Baku


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Williams Martini Racing drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, are both looking forward to experiencing the new race track in Azerbaijan this weekend.

Bottas heads to the Baku City Circuit off the back of his best result of the year so far when he finished third in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, and the Finn is feeling full of confidence, as he looks to take on the challenge of an unknown track.

“I’ve never been to Azerbaijan, so it should be interesting. In general, it’s a bit of an unknown for me. The track, from what we have seen, looks nice and very quick.

“I like going to new places, discovering new cultures and seeing new cities. I’m looking forward to learning more about the country, the city and especially the race track.”

Team-mate Felipe Massa was forced to retire from the Montreal race with a water leak, so will be hoping to bounce back with a good result in Azerbaijan.

“It will be my first time in Azerbaijan so I don’t know what to expect from the country. I’m really looking forward to discovering a nice country, good people, and also a race track which will be in the middle of the town.

The Brazilian is looking forward to seeing how the Baku City Circuit compares to other street circuits on the F1 calendar, and experiencing the twists and turns the new track has to offer.

“I don’t know yet if it will be more like Monaco, or maybe a mix between Monaco and Singapore. We will wait and see. I’ve heard the straights will be longer, so maybe there will be more overtaking on this track compared to the other street tracks that we race on.

“I hope we come away from Azerbaijan for the first time with a good result.”